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We were featured world-wide on CBC’s “The National” Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

Bala’s Museum was the subject of a 6-minute special report on CBC’s flagship news program, The National, on Friday, Jan. 20, reaching more than 600,000 viewers across Canada. Many thousands more have seen it around the world since that night through CBC’s international “streaming”.

The special report (Finding a New Anne) told how Jack and Linda have brought back to life a long-lost silent film, Anne of Green Gables, using old movie stills to create a Powerpoint presentation with Jack playing authentic silent movie piano accompaniment. The script by Linda is based on the original 1919 scenario by Hollywood scriptwriter Frances Marion.

The first major public showing of the re-created silent movie was at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2008 in front of delegates to an international L.M. Montgomery conference, many of them old friends. The 40-minute presentation which was filmed by Ontario videographer Lisa Lightbourn will be available by early summer in a DVD format.

Linda says the decision to share the 2008 showing of the re-created silent movie was in response to the world-wide response to the Jan. 20th CBC report. “We heard from Taiwan, Japan, Australia and other far-away places before we went to bed that night,” says Linda. “Sharing our silent movie re-creation is our way of saying thanks to folks who took the time to write from around the world. It’s also a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our little museum.”

A DVD of the first major public showing of the re-creation of the 1919 Anne of Green Gables
movie (University of Prince Edward Island in 2008) is now available through our Gift Shop or mail order (1-888-579-7739) at a cost of $15 plus shipping to your address.

You can see the Jan. 20th CBC national report by clicking on this website (we are so grateful to the film crew: CBC producer Pat Softly, arts reporter Deana Sumanac and videographer Keith Whelan, all award winners.) That is Keith filming Linda.

We Are Now On Facebook!

You can now plug in on a daily basis to see what’s new at Bala’s Museum. We encourage visitors to share their own photo memories. All you have to do is to e-mail us your photos in a JPEG format. You can add comments about what you enjoyed at the museum and what first got you interested in L.M. Montgomery’s books.

If you are on Facebook (it’s easy to register) just plug in “Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery”. You can stay in touch with us all year-round.

We’ll see you on the web!

Bala's Museum

NOTE: OUR MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, FOR A FAMILY FUNERAL.
RETURNING EVERY SATURDAY AFTER THAT (11 am – 4 pm) UNTIL CRANBERRY FESTIVAL (Oct. 17-19)
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Summer Hours
June 24 - Aug 30, 2014
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am - 4pm
Closed Sunday / Monday

Spring Hours Weekends
May 17 - June 21
Saturday 11am - 4pm

Fall Hours Weekends
Sept. 6 - Oct. 19
Saturday 11am - 4pm

Call to arrange special tours on fall or spring week days and holiday Mondays

1-888-579-7739 or 705-762-5876

Chinese Visitors Chinese visitors welcome!
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Korean Visitors Korean visitors welcome!
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Jack & Linda Hutton

MEET YOUR HOSTS

Jack and Linda Hutton are proud that Bala’s Museum has become known as one of the best L.M. Montgomery museums in Canada.


Call 416-849-2262 to RSVP
or for more information

SILENT MOVIE RE-CREATION
1919 Anne of Green Gables
Thurs. Mar. 6, 2014

Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto

in support of University Women’s Club Heritage Fund.

$60 dinner & presentation.
$20 presentation only at 7:30 pm 

GRANS & GRANDKIDS DAY

20% off admission for children and grandparents every Friday
July & August.

 

Lucy Maud Montgomery ArrivalEVERYTHING ANNE DAY
Thursday, July 24, 2014

1:30 pm

This is our annual re-enactment of L.M. Montgomery coming to Bala in 1922, but also an afternoon of family fun. Egg-on-a-spoon races, 3-legged races, sack races, and prizes for best costumes of characters from “Anne of Green Gables” ( Anne, Diana, Matthew, Marilla, Gilbert and Josie Pye). Popcorn, cake and freckles are free. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun at 1:30. Normal admission of $4.99 a person or $16.99 for family of four.
 

KALEIDOSCOPE CAMP
Mon. Aug. 18, 2014

Cleveland’s House, Minett

11 a.m - noon
Introduction to Silent Film Acting for kids 8-12.

Afternoon
Jack and Linda present re-creation of “Anne of Green Gables” 1919 silent movie for camp children plus larger audience of ticketed patrons.

CRAN-ANNE LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST
Sat. Oct. 18, 2014
Contestants register by 1:30 pm
Judging begins at 2:00 pm

Always one of the most popular events at the Bala Cranberry Festival.

Click here for the Cran-Anne page to see results of the 2013 contest.

The 2013 winner, Jolene Cole, is at the left.

Bala’s Museum celebrates the life and writings of Canada’s favorite author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Since its opening in July, 1992, is has become known as one of the best LMM museums in all Canada, attracting LMM fans and scholars from all around the world (41 countries so far).

But Bala’s Museum is more than that. It is a wonderful family outing where children can take tours in our costumes. Family fun is what we’re all about.

Group tours also love the museum. Linda does a talk on the life and times of L.M. Montgomery. Jack does a ragtime sing-along. (Click here for group tour info).

Admission
$4.99 a person / $16.99 a family (limit of four).

Bala’s Museum L.M. Montgomery Exhibits

  • The silver tea set given to LMM as a wedding present in 1911 is on display. We are grateful to her grandson, David Macdonald, for loaning it to us.
  • A set of 1939 Sunday School papers with LMM’s condensation of “Anne of Ingleside”.
  • The basket in which Maud kept her personal correspondence.
  • One of the best collection of her books, including rare and first editions. Foreign editions include Chinese (click here), Dutch, Polish, Japanese, Icelandic, French and many others.
  • Handwritten excerpts and photos from LMM’s Bala diary.
  • The boat that sank under actress Megan Follows in the TV movie “Anne of Green Gables”.
  • Avonlea schoolhouse in miniature.
Dollhouse Miniatures

Dollhouse Miniatures

Our Gift Shop now stocks dollhouse miniatures of all sizes, inspired by Canada’s largest replica of the world-famous Green Gables farm house. Guess where Anne’s room is. Read about our exciting acquisition at What's Up Muskoka.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop

The Toronto Sun has said we have one of the best Anne of Green Gables gift shops in Canada and we just get better and better. Offered are hard-to-find editions of LMM books, Anne movies, old-fashioned toys, exclusive dolls and doll clothes, vintage Green Gables china and children’s costumes for sale. It’s worth the drive to Bala for the special people on your Christmas list. We also do mail order.

Kids Dress Up

Kids Can Dress Up

Boys and girls have a choice of our costumes to wear during their family tour. For girls, dresses and flowered hats right out of “Avonlea”; sailor shirts and hats for boys (that’s Linda with a typical tour at left).

Tips on how to plan an Anne of Green Gables birthday party

Bala’s Museum can supply everything you need for an Anne of Green Gables birthday party, from goodie bags to prizes. Click here for step by step tips.
Anne of Green Gables birthday party

Anne: Madly Off In All Directions

This popular display shows how a book about a red-haired orphan caught the world by surprise in 1908, and the amazing spin-offs that have resulted from that first “Anne of Green Gables” book.

Location & Directions

We are about 200 kilometres or a two-hour drive north of Toronto. GPS directions: 1024 Maple Avenue, Bala.
Click here for directions and maps.

Anne of Green Gables
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LIcensed by Heirs of L.M. Montgomery
 
 

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Bala's Museum
1024 Maple Avenue
Box 14, Bala, Muskoka
ON Canada P0C 1A0
705-762-5876 or 1-888-579-7739